The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that its experts will meet today to determine whether the current Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) constitutes a global health emergency. An emergency committee was convened by WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The committee will meet on 17 October in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern,” said a statement by the UN health agency.
The announcement came after DRC Health Minister Oly Ilunga warned over the weekend that a second wave of the Ebola virus had been confirmed in the outbreak in North Kivu. He said that it occurred as a result of community resistance to measures taken to tackle the disease. “The situation is worrying,” he said.